The flowers are beginning to bloom, the days are longer and brighter, spring is well and truly upon us. So why not do some good while you enjoy the sun?
Four Creative Advertising students have created DIY bee hotel kits in order to help save the solitary bees which are sadly in decline.
In the UK, there are 267 different types of bees and over 90% of them are solitary bees and don’t live in colonies.
These bees do not produce honey, nor do they produce wax to make their nests. Instead, they nest in dry, hollow stems such as bamboo.
Solitary bees drink nectar straight from the flower and are amazing pollinators. One red mason bee produces the same amount of pollen as 120 working honey bees. Solitary bees are not aggressive and do not swarm, so they are friendly visitors in your garden.
These bees provide a critical pollination service for our crop and plant communities. If we didn’t have them, we would not have any seeds, berries or plants. In fact, approximately one in three mouthfuls of food and drink we consume require pollination.
However, due to urbanization, many trees are being cut down so it is harder for them to find homes, causing their numbers to decline. Just Bee Kids in Falmouth are encouraging everyone, mainly children, to get into their gardens and take care of the bees.
Wild flowers are extremely important resources of pollen and nectar for these bees, so another thing you can do to help is to plant lots of them in your garden.
Serena Moseley, a part of Just Bee Kids, said: “It’s just somewhere for the bees to nest, so it helps the population of the bees. You won’t have thousands of bees around your bee hotel, it’s just a place for them to lay their eggs and fly away.”
If you want to hear more about this project created by Serena Moseley, Dani Gray, Bethan Harris Brown and Rinnah Chua, listen here: